This is a tea I love, and never want to be without. My adoration of white tea came as quite a surprise, initially. I didn’t actually realise I liked it until I was introduced to whole leaf tea, having only had a dreadful shredded teabag variety previously.
This is such a light, smooth, creamy tea. You have to admit that, in the packet, it just looks odd. There are leaves, twigs, and the furry white buds, and the dominant colours are white, grey, and black. It looks very much like sweepings from a forest floor. But oh, the taste!
I don’t find this tea strongly floral, whatever its name might suggest. There is a floral element to the smell once brewed — it’s rather like sitting in a garden on a spring day. To taste, it’s very delicate and light, with a slight honey-like sweetness. I imagine it to be rather like drinking nectar.
In the cup, this tea has a much darker colour than I was expecting. There’s absolutely no hint of bitterness or astringency, however. I haven’t yet experimented with multiple infusions, so it will be interesting to see how this affects the taste.
So far, drinking this tea has been a heavenly experience, and one I will definetly repeat.